Popeye Village: an abandoned set from the 1980 film claimed and repurposed as a theme park by creative locals.

We are in Anchor Bay, 3 km from the village core of Mellieħa, Malta. The set from Robert Altman’s film Popeye, shot in Malta, was never fully struck and remains on the island as a sort of (misplaced) relic. The live-action film based on the popular comic strip and animation character, a spinach-loving sailor, marked the film debut of Robin Williams in the title role. The construction of the film set began in June 1979. For the occasion, over 20 wooden structures were built with the tree trunk logs imported…

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#TodayInHistory – September 24

September 24 – Some important events on this day. 1180 👉🏼 Manuel I Komnenos, last Emperor of the Komnenian restoration dies. The Byzantine Empire slips into terminal decline. 1493 👉🏼 Christopher Columbus embarks on his 2nd expedition to the New World, setting sail with a fleet of 17 ships 1529 👉🏼 Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his Ottoman troops arrive in Vienna, beginning of the siege 1657 👉🏼 1st autopsy and coroner’s jury verdict is recorded in Maryland 1789 👉🏼 US Federal Judiciary Act passes, creating a six-person Supreme Court…

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